STOCKTON, Calif. - If 19-year-old Jaime Ramos is put on trial for last week's bank robbery and shootout with police, prosecutors hope the trial takes place in Stockton. But they fully expect the defense attorney for Ramos to file a change of venue motion to have the trial moved to another county.
"We need to do our best not to try this case in the press. Anybody can get a fair trial in Stockton," San Joaquin County Deputy District Attorney Robert Himelblau said.
Trials are generally moved because a judge feels intense news coverage makes it too difficult to find jurors who haven't made up their minds.
Himelblau said he's never had that problem in Stockton, despite some high profile cases.
"Every jury I've ever spoken to, they take the matters seriously. I'm really happy to have these jurors in Stockton. They will treat him fairly, give him the benefit of the doubt, and follow the judge's instructions," he said.
The trials of serial killers Wes Shermantine and Loren Herzog were moved to Santa Clara in the late 1990s. Those two trials cost San Joaquin County about a million dollars because of the move.